Volume 2 | Issue 6, October 2018
CADA News and information!
CADA to offer Teacher Training Workshops
CADA co-founders, Laura Valendza and Wendy Duke, will be offering four teacher training sessions over the next year for those who are interested in learning their methods and techniques for working with youth and adults on the autism spectrum and other special needs populations. Each 6 hour workshop will focus on a specific subject. Please note we have changed the start date for the first workshop to Dec 15 so that our staff may attend VSA Intersections Regional conference on Dec 8.

Dec 15, 2018: Theatre games for developing social skills
March 16 2019: Physical acting for body language understanding and communication
June 22 2019: Improv for Autism/Special Needs
Sept 7 2019: Emotion games/exercises for self advocacy and dealing with bullying

Workshops will begin at 9 AM and end at 4 PM with a full hour lunch break between sessions. CADA students and volunteers will be on hand to assist with the training. Ample hand-outs will be available for participants to take home. CEUs will be made available.

Cost of workshops: 6 hours @$150 each. Sign up for all four @ $550, a $50 discount. Contact us at 234-678-7830. CEUs will be available.
Register Now for Winter Youth Classes!
Act for Advocacy -- a traveling Workshop!
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Below: Company members Samir Hammoud, Scott Hudson, Sean Giannetti and Daniel Seemann work with project director, Ruben Ryan on developing Act for Advocacy material.
Theatre on the Spectrum's Adult Company presents:  Act For Advocacy!

Act for advocacy is an improv workshop to help people learn to advocate for themselves and others. Improvisation is a fun and useful way for people with disabilities to learn the skills they need to assert their rights and the rights of those around them. Improv provides a safe and judgement free space to learn, play, and express thoughts and emotions. Improv is also great for:

  • Gaining self-esteem.
  • Social interaction.
  • Learning to understand others
  • Helping people with disabilities to be an active part of their community in which they are often disadvantaged.

Act For Advocacy takes you through real life scenarios using improv to teach you how to stand up and speak out against:
  • Rude wait staff
  • Bullies
  • Intimidating authority figures
  • And more!

Please contact Wendy Duke and Ruben Ryan at info@centerforada.org or by phone at 234-678-7830 to arrange a workshop at your site or ours — this workshop is free for programs that serve individuals with dis/Abilities. For other groups, donations are always welcome! email info@centerforada.org

Theatre on the Spectrum at VSA ACT Conference in Columbus

Theatre on the Spectrum's recently spent a day in Columbus attending the Accessible Creativity Transforms conference. The company performed on the stage of the historic Lincoln Theatre and participated in workshops. Pictured above, JT Styles

and Willie Tresz in the Dancing Wheels workshop. Below, Willie, Ruben and JT get ready to perform on the stage of the historic Lincoln Theatre.
Kool Kids -- A Very Successful Run!
Theatre on the Spectrum's Adult Company wrapped up their two week run of Kool Kids on the Tube, performing it 8 times at our studio. The cast researched, developed and wrote the script for this show. We will miss having fun with our favorite characters, especially the scene depicted above from Mr Rogers' Neighborhood. In this scene, Mr Rogers shows young people that the color of our skin is nothing to fear by inviting Officer Clemmons to cool his feet in his wading pool!

The company is now at work developing a new show for February 2019. Stay tuned for more information!
Below Company Members enjoy a cast party after the final performance!
CADA Calendar
Fall 2018 session ends Nov 17.

Teacher training 6 hour workshop: Dec 15

Winter 2019 session: Jan 5 -- Mach 9

Teacher Training 6 hour Workshop: March 16

Spring 2019 session: March 23 -- May 25

June 1st -- look for us at Summit Stage Fest!

Teacher Training 6 hour Workshop: June 22

Summer 2019 Session: June 29 -- August 31

Teacher Training 6 hour Workshop: Sept 7

Fall 2019 Session: Sept 14 -- Nov 16
Center for Applied Drama & Autism | 1501 S Hawkins Ave, Akron 44320 | 234-678-7830 | info@centerforada.org | centerforada.org

Theatre on the Spectrum is CADA's performance wing. Our youth company rehearses on Saturdays. The adult company operates Monday through Friday from 10:30 am - 3:30 pm as a day theatre program for people on the spectrum of abilities, in collaboration with Ardmore, Inc.

For further information, please visit us at centerforada.org